OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 06/13/14

Don’t forget this Sunday’s Pedalpalooza event, starting at the Overlook Intersection Repair!
CITY REPAIR INTERSECTION REPAIR TOUR

N Overlook Blvd & N Concord
Sunday, June 15 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Ride map: https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zpOo_eflU-Ks.kl6JMsC7gtac

1) OKNA Meeting Reminder (6/18)
2) Pittman Addition Sculpture HydroPark Party (6/22)
3) Sustainable Overlook Garden Tour 2014
4) Town Hall on Portland Parks Replacement Bond (3/30)
5) Help Wanted: OKNA Communications

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1) OKNA Meeting Reminder (6/18)

Join your Overlook neighbors for the monthly OKNA General Membership meeting. Hear updates on current projects and find out how you can be involved, share your crime and safety concerns, bring your Overlook ideas.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Kaiser Town Hall Building
3704 N Interstate Avenue @Overlook Blvd

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2) Pittman Addition Sculpture HydroPark Party (6/22)

Treat yourself to art, music and light refreshments on Sunday, June 22, from 4-7 (same day as the North Portland Sunday Parkways).  We’re celebrating the first official art installations in our new hydropark at N Concord & N Going Court (just north of the Going Street soundwall).  Enjoy the sculptures by Ryan Beard, Ivan McLean, Jason Jones, Julian Voss-Andreae and Jim Schmidt.  Meet the people who helped to transform an empty forgotten dead-end lot into Portland’s first public sculpture park.  It’s easy to find, just follow Concord south to the Going Street pedestrian bridge. 

What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit.  (quote by John Updike)  Come and enjoy our new community space!

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3) Sustainable Overlook Garden Tour 2014

Saturday, June 28
All gardens open 10 am to 3 pm
Suggested donation $5

The 3rd annual neighborhood garden tour will feature yards that express Sustainable Overlook’s mission of ‘Building Community and Resilience’ in a wide variety of ways. Explore neighbors’ creative solutions for rain harvesting, edible gardens, outdoor play spaces, use of reclaimed materials, bird and pollinator-friendly gardens and much more.
Each garden will host an information table from organizations including East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, Metro, Xerces Society, Backyard Habitat Certification Program, Bee Friendly Portland and Friends of Overlook Bluff. All the gardens featured are pesticide-free so it’s a great chance to visit organic yards, learn natural gardening tips and be inspired! Check www.sustainableoverlook.org for details and the garden locations the week of the tour.

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4) Town Hall on Portland Parks Replacement Bond (3/30)

June 30, 2014 — 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Cleveland High School Cafeteria (3400 SE 26th Ave, Portland, OR 97202)
Co-hosted by: Portland Parks & Recreation and Portland Parks Foundation
RSVP here (http://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/65170)

Please join us for a discussion about how the Parks Replacement Bond will help address urgent maintenance needs with no increased tax rates for Portlanders. Get your questions answered and give your input to Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz.

Over the last century, Portlanders created and have maintained our parks system through a series of capital investments (bonds and levies). However, our park structures and facilities have finite life spans, and require ongoing investment to remain safe and accessible. As Portland’s existing parks bond—approved in 1994—is paid off in 2015, we have the opportunity to address critical park needs without increasing tax rates, by referring a Parks Replacement Bond to voters now.

In North and Northeast Portland, a Replacement Parks Bond would fund major maintenance at St. Johns Community Center, pool renovations at Grant, Matt Dishman Community Center and Peninsula Park, urgent accessibility and restroom repairs at multiple parks, and more.

A recent survey shows that more than 65 percent of Portlanders are supportive of a Replacement Bond would not increase tax rates and would fund some of the most critical repairs to our parks system. Get your questions answered on this unique opportunity at the Parks Replacement Bond Town Hall.

RSVP here, and learn more at ParksReplacementBond.org

Childcare provided | Fully accessible | Light refreshments served

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5) Help Wanted: OKNA Communications

The Overlook Neighborhood Association (OKNA) is seeking a few good people to assist in an ever-expanding communications team.

Newsletter: Our quarterly print newsletter needs a new coordinator to maintain contact with the OKNA board and community members to share Overlook news. This job can be done by multiple people, if they’ll coordinate. See past issues here: http://www.overlookneighborhood.org/news/

Weekly Email Newsette: OKNA has over 500 subscribers to our email list who rely on these timely updates. This obligation is about 2 hours per week and requires attention to detail and the ability to copy/paste. Weekly blasts are posted on our website as well; review past topics here: http://www.overlookneighborhood.org/

Mail Monitor: A good fit with the Weekly Email writing, OKNA needs someone to monitor our public email account ‘info@’ and filter emails that require action to the OKNA board. This can be as simple as checking for urgent issues a couple of times per week.

Website: The website content is up to date but the template could use some updating. This position should be held by someone familiar with WordPress, who is willing to keep the site updated and secured. Most work is done in the WordPress dashboard but the webmaster should be familiar with the back end works as well. OKNA maintains several email accounts (with forwards) that this person should also assist with. We recommend having multiple content managers.

Facebook: Topping 600+ members, the OKNA Facebook page would be well served by having several administrators who can post to the page. The page is well connected with information for ‘shares’. Of you 600, are there 3 or 4 who’d help out with sharing posts and updates?

NextDoor: Similar to Facebook, but private, this social media site has an active constituency. OKNA could benefit from one person posting OKNA information (meetings etc) to the group. This group is not run by OKNA, we should just contribute there. If you would like to just join the Overlook Nextdoor community, you can use this link: https://nextdoor.com/invite/hsyjagwprzvzxtumttnq

If you’ve seen room for improvement in OKNA’s communications, or you’ve been wanting to get more involved with the neighborhood association but were unsure how, these volunteer jobs are excellent ways to get an overview of the varied work OKNA does and be very helpful at the same time. If you’ve got the time and are ready to bring it, please contact us soon and/or come to a meeting (we hold 2 public meetings per month). We would like to fill these positions by September and if you act now, you can get some training too!

info@OverlookNeighborhood.org views@OverlookNeighborhood.org 1st Tuesday of the month: Board meeting at Overlook House 3rd Tuesday of the month: General Membership meeting (usually at Kaiser Town Hall but look for special locations this summer!)

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Help Wanted: OKNA Communications

The Overlook Neighborhood Association (OKNA) is seeking a few good people to assist in an ever-expanding communications team.

Newsletter: Our quarterly print newsletter needs a new coordinator to maintain contact with the OKNA board and community members to share Overlook news. This job can be done by multiple people, if they’ll coordinate. See past issues here: http://www.overlookneighborhood.org/news/

Weekly Email Newsette: OKNA has over 500 subscribers to our email list who rely on these timely updates. This obligation is about 2 hours per week and requires attention to detail and the ability to copy/paste. Weekly blasts are posted on our website as well; review past topics here: http://www.overlookneighborhood.org/

Mail Monitor: A good fit with the Weekly Email writing, OKNA needs someone to monitor our public email account ‘info@’ and filter emails that require action to the OKNA board. This can be as simple as checking for urgent issues a couple of times per week.

Website: The website content is up to date but the template could use some updating. This position should be held by someone familiar with WordPress, who is willing to keep the site updated and secured. Most work is done in the WordPress dashboard but the webmaster should be familiar with the back end works as well. OKNA maintains several email accounts (with forwards) that this person should also assist with. We recommend having multiple content managers.

Facebook: Topping 600+ members, the OKNA Facebook page would be well served by having several administrators who can post to the page. The page is well connected with information for ‘shares’. Of you 600, are there 3 or 4 who’d help out with sharing posts and updates?

NextDoor: Similar to Facebook, but private, this social media site has an active constituency. OKNA could benefit from one person posting OKNA information (meetings etc) to the group. This group is not run by OKNA, we should just contribute there.

If you’ve seen room for improvement in OKNA’s communications, or you’ve been wanting to get more involved with the neighborhood association but were unsure how, these volunteer jobs are excellent ways to get an overview of the varied work OKNA does and be very helpful at the same time. If you’ve got the time and are ready to bring it, please contact us soon and/or come to a meeting (we hold 2 public meetings per month). We would like to fill these positions by September and if you act now, you can get some training too!
info@OverlookNeighborhood.org views@OverlookNeighborhood.org 1st Tuesday of the month: Board meeting at Overlook House 3rd Tuesday of the month: General Membership meeting (usually at Kaiser Town Hall but look for special locations this summer!)

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 06/06/14

 

1) Free Rose Class: Pruning & Deadheading (6/7)

2) New Site Connects You to CSAs

3) Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group (CAG) meeting (6/14)

4) Intersection Repair is Refreshed!

5) Sustainable Overlook Events Schedule (June/July)

6) North Sunday Parkways (6/22)

7) OKNA on Facebook

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1) Free Rose Class: Pruning & Deadheading (6/7)

Have you inherited roses at your new house, or just never knew what to do with them? Learn how this weekend:

Free Rose Class: Pruning & Deadheading

Peninsula Park Community Center, 700 N. Rosa Parks Way

Saturday, June 7 2014, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Presented by the Friends of the Peninsula Park Rose Garden

Who: Free and open to the public

What: Rose Class by the Friends of the Peninsula Park Rose Garden

Where: Fireside Room, Peninsula Park Community Center, 700 N. Rosa Parks Way

When: Saturday, June 7, 1:00-2:00 PM: In the Garden: Pruning & Deadheading
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2) New Site Connects You to CSAs

The City of Portland has a new resource to connect households with healthy food. This map shows all of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) pick-up sites in the City. http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/csa

CSA is a great way to connect directly with a farm and receive farm fresh produce for a season. Every week, farmers bring fresh, local food to Portland pick-up sites, and many farms still have openings for new members. More farms are accepting SNAP benefits for CSA, too, and that information is included on the map.

Caylor Roling works for the Portland Area CSA Coalition, a small nonprofit that educates about CSA (http://www.portlandcsa.org), and shared this information with us. They collaborated with the City’s Sustainable Food Program to create the map, and are excited to share it with you.

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3) Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group (CAG) meeting (6/14)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 6-8pm

6543 N. Burlington Avenue (Portland BES Water Pollution Control Lab)

Portland Harbor CAG meetings are intended to keep the community informed of developments at the Portland Harbor Superfund Site and to provide a forum for discussion. CAG meetings are open to everyone. Contact the CAG Chair, Jim Robison, with questions jim@jimrobison.org

AGENDA

1. Welcome and CAG announcements: Jim Robison, Chair, Portland Harbor CAG

2. Stormwater and Source control discussion:

•City of Portland outfall project and municipal stormwater report. Linda Scheffler, City of Portland

•Source control overview and source control summary report. Alex Liverman, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

3. River geology: Kim Anderson, Geologist, OSU

4. Closing remarks: Jim Robison

See new updates on EPA’s Portland Harbor webpage: www.epa.gov/region10/portlandharbor

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4) Intersection Repair is Refreshed!

BIG THANKS to the nearly 100 friends and neighbors who came out for the Intersection Repair Repaint Party last Saturday! Our gratitude goes out to everyone who brought food and fruit to share, our business neighbors Eisenhower Bagelhouse (N Interstate & Shaver), Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen (3 locations) and Miller Paint for their donations and to the whole City Repair/Village Building Convergence community for their support.

The intersection graphic is glowing once again and the planter boxes have been reshaded; everything is sparkling and fresh right now, so come over for a visit. We’ve already seen a couple of recent photo shoots going on; come capture your own piece of Overlook history at N. Concord Ave. and N. Overlook Blvd.

There were several Intersection Repairs in the area during the VBC. See them all on the upcoming Pedalpalooza Ride starting right here in Overlook.

CITY REPAIR INTERSECTION REPAIR TOUR

N Overlook Blvd & N Concord

Sunday, June 15 1:00pm – 6:00pm

Join City Repair’s 2014 tour of new Intersection Repairs, Nat Bldg & Urban Ag projects…all ending in a Cob-Oven Pizza Party! At City Repair, we focus on building common gathering places so communities can find their strength to tackle today’s myriad of issues from Climate Change, to building local resilient systems. We’ll begin our journey in Overlook & meander through this great city visiting the newly constructed sites before ending at Site # 34 ManifestStation (2020 SE Bush) to try out their brand spankin’ new Cob Oven! Donations for a personal pie. Beer & Cider available.

City Repair , ted at cityrepair daht oh are gee , vbc.cityrepair.org

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5) Sustainable Overlook Events Schedule (June/July)

The Intersection Repair is a project of Sustainable Overlook, and OKNA committee that makes things happen! Here’s a recap of what they have coming up:
Sustainable Overlook invites YOU to join in the fun. We had a great Intersection Repair Party as part of the Village Building Convergence this weekend and there are lots of events and projects coming up. Here’s a big update of what’s happening.

Monthly Meeting – Thursday, June 12, 6:30-8:30 pm

Join in the discussion about neighborhood resilience, sustainability events and meet your neighbors! This month we’ll discuss an idea to create a Portland Manifesto modeled after The Lancet’s Planetary Health Manifesto. Proposals for new sustainability initiatives are always welcome! Feel free to bring drinks or snacks to share, or grab a banh-mi from The Old Gold next door.

5523 N. Detroit Ave. near N. Killingsworth

Sunday Parkways – North Portland – Sunday, June 22

Stop by the ‘Green Spot’ at Arbor Lodge Park, one of Portland’s few pesticide-free parks. We need volunteers for shifts at the Sustainable Overlook booth to give out fruit samples and natural gardening info, sign folks up for the Healthy Lawn and Garden pledge, sell eco-lawn seed and invite people to the Garden Tour.

Reception and Orientation for Garden Tour– Thursday, June 26, 6:30-8:30 pm

All garden tour hosts and volunteers are invited to a get-together for a quick orientation for tour day and to meet the amazing neighbors involved.

Sustainable Overlook Garden Tour 2014 – Saturday, June 28, 10 am to 3 pm

Our 3rd annual garden tour will feature yards that express Sustainable Overlook’s mission of ‘Building Community and Resilience’ in 10 unique gardens. Explore neighbor’s creative, pesticide-free solutions for rain harvesting, play spaces, edible landscaping, bird and pollinator friendly gardens and more. Each garden will host a community partner info table. We need volunteers to help at each garden and with set-up/take-down. Contact Mulysa at sustainable@OverlookNeighborhood.org.

Yard Sale and Free Share 2014 – Saturday and Sunday, July 19 and 20

Join in the 3rd annual neighborhood-wide sale. Over 50 households have participated in past years. It’s a great way to meet your neighbors and reduce, reuse and recycle! Contact Josh at sustainable@OverlookNeighborhood.org to put your sale on the map.

Pesticide Free Overlook

This month marks the one-year mark of the project to become Portland’s first pesticide free-neighborhood! You can help us meet our goal of having 500 neighbors pledge their yards by June 30.

1)Take the Healthy Lawn and Garden Pledge at www.sustainableoverlook.org to get a free lady bug sign and be a ‘green’ property on the map.

2) Hang your lady bug sign where it can be seen!

3) Tell your neighbors about the effort to make our neighborhood healthier for everyone and invite them to take the pledge.

Or take the next step and get in touch with us to do some canvasing, staff the table at an event or deliver ladybug yard signs!

Get involved!

Everyone is welcome. Whether you have one hour a year or one hour a day, pick an event or project to help with, or come to our meeting and suggest your project idea. Together we can "turn our neighborhood into a community." (to quote ‘Food Not Lawns’ by Heather Jo Flores.)

Like us on Facebook to stay in the loop: www.facebook.com/SustainableOverlook

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6) North Sunday Parkways (6/22)

This year on June 22 we are celebrating our 25th Sunday Parkways event. We are so proud that Portland has embraced this popular active community event. And thankful to our presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente for being there from the beginning.

The June 22nd event will show off the neighborhood greenways, the Willamette Bluff and Peninsula, Kenton, Arbor Lodge, and McCoy Parks. The route is 9.5 miles of traffic-free streets with no start or end.

Dress comfortable. The parks are programmed with activities for young and old and in between. All people – walkers, runners, bicyclists, mobility device users, seniors, adults, and children – enjoy a day of healthy physical activities right here in North Portland. Don’t forget to bring some cash. The Sunday Parkways Marketplaces adjacent to the parks have enticing food and beverages. Merchandise vendors will offer a variety of goods, all easy to transport. And community organizations offer information to keep us in the know.

Also, Sunday Parkways needs volunteers; is always interested in having local vendors and community groups participating; and is greatly appreciative of any donations. To find out more about these opportunities, visit www.PortlandSundayParkways.org or call 503-823-7599.
Join us on June 22nd, 11 am – 4 pm!

Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente is about opening streets and connecting neighborhoods.

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7) OKNA on Facebook

Find OKNA on Facebook: www.facebook.com/OKNAinPDX

Unfortunately, FB filters keep you from seeing many of our important posts. Please like, share or comment on them so that you will see more posts. Or, just drop by our page on a regular basis.

We’re looking for more people to post news to our Facebook page. Please message if you would like to be an OKNA Facebook Reporter!

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 05/30/14

Find OKNA on Facebook: www.facebook.com/OKNAinPDX

Unfortunately, FB filters keep you from seeing many of our important posts. Please like, share or comment on them so that you will see more posts. Or, just drop by our page on a regular basis.

We’re looking for more people to post news to our Facebook page. Please message if you would like to be an OKNA Facebook Reporter!

1) Beach School Community Fundraiser (Tonight)
2) The Intersection Repair Party is Tomorrow! (5/31)
3) Village Building Convergence in Overlook (5/31)
4) Clean Up at Unthank Park/Sustainable Mississippi (5/31)
5) Gang Violence Task Force Meeting
6) Transportation Utility Fee (TUF)
7) Two Air Quality Items
8) Introduce an International Student to the Overlook Neighborhood!
9) Tidbits from our Facebook Page

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1) Beach School Community Fundraiser (Tonight)

The Beach School PTA Community Auction is tonight – May 30th starting at 5:30 pm. We have lots of awesome items procured from very generous neighborhood businesses! If you have preschool children and want to check out Beach, this is a great opportunity. There are some great items available and the ‘auction’ is in ‘buy it now’ format! http://tinyurl.com/qb2pge4

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2) The Intersection Repair Party is Tomorrow! (5/31)

It’s like a block party for the whole neighborhood, come close the streets with us and have some fun!

N. Concord Ave. and N. Overlook Blvd. 97227

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 9 am to 4 pm

Bring your family, friends and neighbors, and sunscreen – the weather looks like it will be awesome! Join Sustainable Overlook for street graphic and planter box repainting and fun at the intersection as part of the Village Building Convergence. Come for morning bagels and coffee from the Eisenhower Bagel House at Pinky’s (our new cafe on Interstate Ave) and Kenny & Zuke’s famous pastrami at lunch time, and bring a veggie dish or family-friendly beverage to share. Our local Station 24 Firefighting crew will stop by with their truck. Kids can plant bee-friendly flower seeds to take home at the Sustainable Overlook booth. Bring a paintbrush or paint roller if you can. We’re going to have a good time…see you there!
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3) Village Building Convergence in Overlook (5/31)

The Attunement Center has several days of activities planned as a part of the VBC (Village Building Convergence, May 23 – June 1, www.cityrepair.org)

We will be starting every day at 11am and ending at 5pm. Specific workshop offerings are listed below with times! Lunch will be served at 1pm and is being generously sponsored by Cha Cha Cha Taqueria!
Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/772415972803107
Attunement Center
Address: 1732 N. Blandena St.
Contact: Joelle Budinich guesthaus@attunementcenter.com
503.548.8250 (text only!)
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4) Clean Up at Unthank Park/Sustainable Mississippi (5/31)

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 9 am to 2 pm

Clean Up at Unthank Park/SEI Parking Lot, 510 N. Shaver Street

Our neighbors to the east with Sustainable Mississippi will be having a cleanup this Saturday at Unthank Park. If you have clutter around your home or non-curbside disposables/recyclables, this might be the perfect chance to accomplish some spring cleaning. Here is what they’re accepting:

✔ Household Items/Appliances/Electronics/TVs​ – nice stuff will be taken to Community Warehouse (please no large TV’s or exercise equipment). Items in poor condition will be recycled or disposed of as necessary.

✔ Bikes

✔ Batteries of all shapes and sizes

✔ Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs will be taken by Total Reclaim

✔ Construction debris​ – Good reusable stuff will go to Rebuilding Center, the rest will be recycled or disposed of with Metro

✔ Furniture and Mattresses – good, bad or otherwise

✔ Scrap metals

✔ Styrofoam pieces​ – must be large pieces, not peanuts (to be handled by Total Reclaim)

✔ Tires ​- these will be sorted out of the waste stream at Metro

…and of course anything else you might want to have taken to Metro Central Station for disposal. (Please no household hazardous waste, such as paints, oils or medications, at this time)

Small car loads will be charged $10. Big vehicle loads will be charged $20, and anything brought on foot or by bike is free! In the spirit of neighborhood reuse (and much like Overlook’s annual Free Share) items can also be swapped here for free.
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5) Gang Violence Task Force Meeting

A Very Special Message needing your immediate attention. Please forward through your distribution lists. Why you should care? That airplane that circles our neighborhood all summer is monitoring gang activity; wouldn’t it be great if we didn’t need it droning overhead anymore?

The Portland Metro area is currently experiencing an increase in gang related violence as compared to last year to date. In 2014 to date 50 cases (Gang Violence Response Team or GVRT) have been assigned to PPB. In comparison, 2013 to date, 34 cases had been assigned.

In 2014 to date victims of violent crimes have been injured and traumatized, community members have been endangered, witnesses have been intimidated, and families have fallen victim to associated trauma.

As the weather improves in combination with pending seasonal events, school graduation and summer vacation for school age youth, we need to have an active VOICE in sponsorship of safe environments for our youth, families and all members of our community.

A COMMUNITY VOICE which calls out “Enough is Enough” must be heard, in testimony that the Citizens of our great community honor life.

OUR COMMUNITY, with ONE VOICE, Must Be Heard

Break the Life Damaging Cycle of Violence

Free YOUR COMMUNITY from Fear and Intimidation

Join us, for the next Gang Violence Task Force Meeting (public forum) on June 6th, Friday, 10 – 11:30, at 449 NE Emerson, in the Large Community Conference Room.
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6) Transportation Utility Fee (TUF)

The new fee, proposed by Mayor Hales and Commissioner Novik, was passed yesterday by City Council, after 90 people showed up to testify. THANK YOU to all the Overlook neighbors who attended and stayed as long as you could. Who thought a meeting could go on that long (2-8pm)? Your presence was just as important as your testimony whether you gave it verbally or in writing and your neighbors appreciate it.

Backlash from the business community caused council to split the household fee from the business fee and only the household fee was passed. Details are changing literally by the hour. Please keep abreast of this issue, as it will affect all of us, some quite deeply.
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7) Two Air Quality Items

Air quality activism is getting louder in North Portland, way to go! State Senator Michael Dembrow is hosting a workshop geared toward legislating the issue, and Metro is conducting a transportation survey related to air quality. If this is your issue, here’s a great chance to be heard and connect with others.

Air Quality Workshop

Senator Michael Dembrow writes: As Chair of the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee, I’ve partnered with my colleague Rep. Mitch Greenlick (Chair of the House Health Care Committee) to put on a workshop focusing on the link between air quality and risks to public health, with a specific focus on the Portland airshed.

It’s my hope that this workshop will begin a conversation about potential legislation for the 2015 session around air quality. We’ll have several Portland-area legislators in attendance. As you’ll see from the attached draft agenda, we have a lineup of topics as well as time for public comments. If there’s enough community interest, we’ll do a follow-up meeting in late summer or early fall.

If you can join us next Friday, please do — and feel free to reach out to others who you think may be interested.

PORTLAND METRO AREA AIR QUALITY WORKSHOP

Portland Community College/Cascade Campus

705 N. Killingsworth St., Portland OR

Moriarty Auditorium

June 6, 2014

9am to 3pm

Senator Michael Dembrow

SE & NE Portland, Maywood Park

District Phone: 503-281-0608

Email: sen.michaeldembrow@state.or.us

Website: senatordembrow.com

Air quality conformity analysis | civil rights assessment

What do you think? – Regional planning 30-day comment period

Learn and react to how planned transportation investments would affect our air quality and how the investments would be distributed across different populations: people of color, low income, limited English proficiency, senior and youth.

Visit www.oregonmetro.gov/public-projects/regional-transportation-decisions from May 16 through June 15 to give your thoughts.

Air quality conformity analysis: Federal and state regulations require that the region assess the air quality consequences of proposed transportation improvements. Current laws mean that the region must assess the carbon monoxide emissions from surface transportation sources to meet the Clean Air Act. Metro also has voluntarily agreed with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to assess changes in ozone and certain air toxics that would result from its transportation plans.

Civil rights assessment: Part of Metro’s responsibilities include an assessment of how these transportation investments could benefit or burden communities of concern like those of people of color, people with low income, older people, younger people and people who do not speak English well. The region plans provide for a higher rate of investment in these communities as compared to the region as a whole, but what are the potential benefits or burdens from investments in roads, transit and active transportation (walking and biking) for these communities?

For the air quality analysis and civil rights assessment, Metro has analyzed the next 20 years of priority projects (in the 2014 Regional Transportation Plan) and the next four years of projects with committed funding (in the 2015-18 Metropolitan Improvement Program).

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8) Introduce an International Student to the Overlook Neighborhood!

Invite a teen or college student from France, Spain, Germany, Japan, or China to discover why the Overlook Neighborhood is such a great place to live! Local host families are needed for 3 or 4 weeks for students arriving late-June through September. Hosting is a great way to learn about another culture, share your own, and make some fun summer memories with a new friend!

Families provide 3 meals per day, a comfortable bed (sharing a room with a host sibling of a similar age and the same gender is fine), and plenty of day-to-day interaction. Some students attended language classes and participate in cultural activities during the work week, while others are free to become immersed in their family’s summer routine. ANDEO welcomes busy host families and can help you choose the program that best fits your summer schedule.

Students bring their own spending money and are covered by comprehensive medical and accident insurance. A small hosting stipend will be provided.

Established in 1981, ANDEO is a Portland-based nonprofit that welcomes more than 1500 international students to the Northwest for short-term homestays each year. For more information or to apply to host, please visit www.andeo.org or contact ANDEO at info@andeo.org or 503.274.1776.
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9) Tidbits from our Facebook Page

-The NAOBF/North American Organic Brewers Festival is coming to Overlook Park at the end of June. They are still looking for volunteers, who can earn free beer for their labor. Details: http://www.naobf.org/volunteer-signup/

You’ll get a dollar off your tasting cup when you show your proof of Overlook residence! The festival selected OKNA as the beneficiary of their donations this year and tips at the bike corral benefit Rotary International’s “End Polio Now” campaign to eradicate polio worldwide.

-Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) will hold a free, public remembrance event for the late Charles Jordan this Saturday, beginning at 2pm. Live music and reception to follow comments.

WHAT: A celebration of the late former Portland Parks & Recreation Director and City Commissioner Charles Jordan.

WHEN: Saturday, May 31, 2pm-4pm

WHERE: Charles Jordan Community Center, 9009 N. Foss Ave., Portland

-St Johns Farmers Market Opens its 6th Season

Sat., May 31st – 9am-2pm, Opening Day of the 2014 St. Johns Farmers Market Season @ St. Johns Plaza

Sat., May 31st – Music, The Roosevelt High School Jazz Band will kick of the season with their high energy set

Sat., May 31st – 11am, Gateway Greenspace Dedication @ Gateway Greenspace next to Burgerville

-Commissioner Amanda Fritz would like to put a new Parks bond on the ballot. She also wants to know what you think about that. Take the short survey here:

http://t.e2ma.net/webview/a1lvh/d10a9dbe58d28f74736a624e83241ade

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 05/23/14

Boil, boil!

In case you missed the news today, Portland is under a boil water order. You should not drink your tapwater without boiling or treating it, due to an e. coli contamination of a reservoir.

News from the Water Bureau: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/water/boil/
Sign up for FlashAlerts so you are notified next time (and for other emergencies): http://www.publicalerts.org/signup
Internet
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Find OKNA on Facebook: www.facebook.com/OKNAinPDX Please message if you would like to be an OKNA Facebook Reporter!

Now, your neighborhood-ish news

1) Get ready for the Intersection Repair Party! (5/31)
2) More Village Building in Overlook (5/24-5/31)
3) Street Fee Now Called TUF
4) Tickets for Parking the ‘Wrong Way’ are $50
5) Beach School Community Fundraiser (5/30)
6) A Healthier Neighborhood for All!
7) Sidewalk Cafe Notification (deadline 6/6)
8) OKNA Meeting Land Use Resource Recap
9) New Neighborhood Farmers Market
10) North Portland PSAC This Week (5/28)

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1) Get ready for the Intersection Repair Party! (5/31)

Join neighbors next Saturday 5/31 for street mural and planter box repainting, food, drinks and fun at the intersection as part of the Village Building Convergence (VBC). Email sustainable@overlookneighborhood.org if you would like to play music, have an idea for a booth, kid’s activity, or anything else you think will add to the day! Neighbor Ken is bringing Kenny & Zuke’s famous pastrami, and we’re asking neighbors to bring a veggie dish to share. Our awesome Engine 24 Firefighting crew will have rinsed the intersection, so we’ll get right to the painting! Bring a paintbrush if you can. Come early, stay late – we’re going to have a good time… Join us!

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 9 am to 4 pm
N. Concord Ave. and N. Failing St. 97227

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2) More Village Building in Overlook (5/24-5/31)

The Attunement Center has several days of activities planned as a part of the VBC (Village Building Convergence, May 23 – June 1, www.cityrepair.org)

We will be starting every day at 11am and ending at 5pm. Specific workshop offerings are listed below with times! Lunch will be served at 1pm and is being generously sponsored by Cha Cha Cha Taqueria!
Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/772415972803107

Site Description:
Attunement Center is an urban permaculture homestead guesthaus that hosts sustainably minded travelers with the intention of inspiring guests to take home new ideas and living practices from their experience here. The landscape is all edible and medicinal, complete with a flock of eleven chickens and colony of honey bees.
We are bringing the community together over topics of sustainability providing a central neighborhood learning site by creating a space to get hands on experience gardening with perennials, medicinals, mycelium, chickens, bees, worms, composting, sheet mulching, natural building, water management, permaculture and food preservation. Come by and experience the last two years VBC projects; chicken coop/ greenhouse bio-shelter with eco roof utilizing salvage materials + natural building, hugelkultured food forest mandala garden, and flow form pond incorporating edible plants for filtration.
This year’s main project will be to break ground on the off-grid outdoor community kitchen patio, with the hopes of building a wood fired barrel cob oven later this summer! We will be building a few off-grid kitchen elements utilizing appropriate technologies including an herb drying rack, solar oven, evaporative cooling refrigeration device (pot in pot) and grey water re-use sink. There will be an awesome solar dehydrator on hand designed by Jenny Pell to check out and potentially utilize as well (if the weather permits!). In the garden we will build an insect habitat hotel to bring more beneficial insects into the space.

Attunement Center
Address: 1732 N. Blandena St.
Contact: Joelle Budinich guesthaus@attunementcenter.com
503.548.8250 (text only!)
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3) Street Fee Now Called TUF

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, Commissioner Steve Novick and Transportation Director Leah Treat proposed a Transportation User Fee today to help address longstanding street maintenance and safety needs.

This news has been quite controversial and has drawn comment from businesspeople and individuals. The fee is estimated to be +$140/year per household.

Find a round up of information at the Oregonian: http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2014/05/portland_street_fee_would_cost.html or your favorite news site and contact your commissioners if you feel so moved.

Drop them a note or give them a call:
Portland City Council Members
Mayor Charlie Hales
(503) 823-4120
mayorcharliehales@portlandoregon.gov
Commissioner Amanda Fritz
Phone: (503) 823-3008
Amanda@portlandoregon.gov
Commissioner Steve Novick
(503)-823-4019
novick@portlandoregon.gov
Commissioner Dan Saltzman
(503) 823-4151
dan@portlandoregon.gov
Commissioner Nick Fish
(503) 823-3589
nick@portlandoregon.gov

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4) Tickets for Parking the ‘Wrong Way’ are $50

Word on the social media sites is that Overlook neighbors have been receiving parking tickets for parking the wrong direction on the street. While we’ve all seen someone who does this, it’s actually not allowed and the $50 fine might be painful for you. And yes, this is a real thing:

16.20.110 Generally.
B. No person may park or stop a vehicle other than in the direction of traffic.
https://www.portlandonline.com/Auditor/Index.cfm?&c=28591#cid_16039

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5) Beach School Community Fundraiser (5/30)

Beach School PTA Community Auction is a week away – May 30th at 5:30 pm. We have lots of awesome items procured from very generous neighborhood businesses! If you have preschool children and want to check out Beach, this is a great opportunity. Check out the details on this poster; there are some great items available and the ‘auction’ is in ‘buy it now’ format! http://tinyurl.com/qb2pge4

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6) A Healthier Neighborhood for All!

Next month the Pesticide Free Overlook project will hit the one year mark. Help us get 500 pesticide-free yards by June 30! We have 170 to go.

- Take the Healthy Lawn and Garden pledge at: http://sustainableoverlook.org/pesticide-free-overlook/

- Hang your Lady bug sign where people will see it.

- Ask 2 neighbors (or your whole block) to sign up. It’s free, and it’s the right thing to do for our kids, pets, water and planet. Plus you’ll get coupons from Metro, a cute lady bug yard sign and lots of natural gardening info.

Get involved! Email: sustainable@overlookneighborhood.org

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7) Sidewalk Cafe Notification (deadline 6/6)

RE: Alibi Restaurant, 4024 N Interstate
The business listed above currently has a Full On-Premises Liquor License. They are now applying for permission to extend their privileges to a Sidewalk Cafe, containing 4 tables, directly in front of the restaurant. The hours of outdoor operation would be 11 AM to 8 PM, seven days per week.
If you wish to provide the Commission with factual information concerning whether there is a basis to grant or deny this license under the OLCC’s licensing standards, please write me at the following address:
OLCC
Eric Hildebrand, License Investigator
P.O. Box 22297
Milwaukie, OR 97269-2297
If you have any questions, please call me at (503) 872-5197.  Please respond to this letter within 14 days of this letter’s date so that we can process this application in a timely manner.  We will share your information with the applicant, make it a part of the public record and consider it when making a final decision.

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8) OKNA Meeting Land Use Resource Recap

Thank you to all who attended the monthly OKNA meeting this past Tuesday 5/20. Based on the spirited discussion, it sounds like several people are interested in learning about land use rules and zoning in North Portland and may be interested in representing Overlook’s interests on the Land Use Committee. As promised, here are some upcoming workshops, trainings and informational forums where you can learn more. You can also contact the OKNA board at info@OverlookNeighborhood.org to connect with the Land Use Chair or ask questions.

If you missed this meeting, plan on attending future meetings on the third Tuesday of the month Join your neighbors to catch up on the latest happenings in Overlook and find out how you can get involved.

“ABC’s of Land Use” Workshop
Thursday, June 5, 2014

5:30 p.m. – gather and eat
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. — workshop

North Portland Neighborhood Services
Historic Kenton Fire House
8105 N. Brandon Ave.
Portland, OR 97217

Learn the basics of how the City of Portland’s land use and development review processes work. Get hands-on experience with a land use review case study, including review of a development proposal and site plan, identification of relevant issues, and effective ways to respond to the approval criteria.

Introduction by Meegan Watts, chair of the Kenton Neighborhood Association and Mary Jaron Kelley, North Portland Neighborhood Services. Presented by John Cole and Leslie Lum, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, and Paul Leistner, Office of Neighborhood Involvement.

Dinner and Refreshments will be provided. Workshop is free. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited to 30 people. REGISTER ONLINE (CLICK HERE)

Who should attend:
- Neighborhood and Business Association land use activists
- Anyone thinking about getting more active with their Association’s land use committees
- Anyone interested in general City-related land use decision-making processes

What you will learn:
- What does it mean to be a neighborhood land use chairperson?
- Overview of the State, Metro, and City land use planning framework
- The Planning Bureau’s District Liaison Program
- The Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code
- How to access and read Zoning Maps
- What is a Land Use Review and how it differs from a building permit
- Comparison of the Land Review Processes: Type I, II, IIX, and III
- How to read and respond to a Land Use Review Notice
- Perspectives of an experienced Neighborhood Representative
- The Appeal Process

For more information, or for help registering, please contact:
Mary Jaron Kelley at 503-823-4099 or mary@npnscommunity.org; or
Paul Leistner at 503-823-5284 or paul.leistner@portlandoregon.gov .

Co-Sponsored by: North Portland Neighborhood Services, City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement, and City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

Demolition/Infill/Affordability

What is driving demolition, residential infill and housing affordability in Portland Neighborhoods? Connect with neighbors, City bureau staff, housing advocates and home builders on these issues on Thursday, June 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Concordia University. More details at http://conta.cc/1lH6ugf

Serve on the BDS citizen Adjustment Committee

The Bureau of Development Services has announced a search for interested citizens to fill two vacancies on the City of Portland Adjustment Committee.

The Adjustment Committee considers in a public hearing setting appeals of Type II Adjustment decisions rendered by Bureau of Development Services staff. Adjustments are requests to modify the development standards of the Portland Zoning Code (Title 33). The Adjustment Committee meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month, if necessary, during normal business hours. Each meeting typically lasts approximately 2 to 3 hours.

Committee members serve four-year terms and may be re-appointed. The terms shall be a maximum of four years with a maximum of two full terms. The Committee consists of seven members, none of whom may hold public elective office. The Committee must include three persons representing the public at large; two members in urban design, architecture, or landscape architecture; and two members experienced in engineering, financing, construction, building management or land development.

For more information about the Adjustment Committee, you may contact Douglas Hardy with Bureau of Development Services at 503-823-7816, or Douglas.Hardy@portlandoregon.gov.

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9) New Neighborhood Farmers Market:
Mississipi Farmers Market Opening June 12th

We are excited to announce the opening of the Mississippi Farmers Market, located in the Historic Mississippi District in North Portland. Our market features small Portland businesses with a commitment to organic and sustainable practices.
Vendors include local farms, flower growers, fresh bread, artisanal cheeses, apothecary items, home made baby food, fresh tamales and so much more.

THURSDAYS
Dates: June 12th – October 16th
Time: 3pm-7pm
Location: Lot 13 on the corner of N Shaver and N Mississippi
Website: MississippiFarmersMarketPDX.tumblr.com

10) North Portland PSAC This Week (5/28)

Join North Portland neighbors, law enforcement, city personnel and others who can help you with your public safety and crime prevention efforts. Fourth Wednesday of every month at the Kenton Firehouse. Free pizza!

Date: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Location: Historic Kenton Firehouse (2209 N Schofield – across from the post office)

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 05/16/14

Find OKNA on Facebook: www.facebook.com/OKNAinPDX or visit our website for FAQs: www.OverlookNeighborhood.org

1) OKNA Monthly General Membership Meeting

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1) OKNA Monthly General Membership Meeting

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Kaiser Town Hall Building, 3704 N Interstate Ave (at Overlook Blvd)

The third Tuesday of the month, join your neighbors to catch up on the latest happenings in Overlook and find out how you can get involved.
On the May Agenda:
7:00pm: Introduction and ground rules
7:15pm: Carrie Strickland, Works Partnership Architecture
(2730 N Killingsworth St Mixed Use Building)
7:40pm: Safety Report (if applicable)
7:50pm: NAOBF North American Organic Brewers Festival
8:10pm: Leslie Lum, Urban Designer/North Portland District Liaison for Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
8:30pm: Old & New Business
9:00pm: Close Meeting

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 05/09/14

The post o’ the week on the OKNA Facebook page got a lot of response and feedback. The topic? A story from the Portland Business Journal last month headlined
No house for you! Overlook is out of stock
Portland’s tight housing market just got a whole lot tighter in the city’s smallest zip code.

Come on over and ‘like’ OKNAinPDX and see what you have to add to the story about the shortage of houses available in Overlook. https://www.facebook.com/OKNAinPDX

1) Native Plant Sale (5/10)
2) Beach School Volunteer Call
3) How does your Garden Grow? (5/10 deadline)
4) Traffic Advisory for N Vancouver Ave (5/12-6/27)
5) Employment & Transportation on the Central Eastside (5/21)
6) 14th annual Village Building Convergence May 23 to June 1st, 2014
7) Land Use Activism Training (6/5)

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1) Native Plant Sale (5/10)
Spring has sprung – and it’s almost Mothers’ Day!  There’s no better way to celebrate than by planting Northwest native plants in your garden and yard. And there’s no better place to buy those plants than at the 2nd Annual Native Plant Sale sponsored by Friends of Overlook Bluff (FOOB) on Saturday, May 10, from 10 am to 2 pm in the 3900 block of  N. Overlook Terrace.  Native plants thrive in our neighborhood and provide excellent habitat for insects, birds, and other wildlife.  FOOB will have wildflowers, shrubs, grasses, and ground covers – all grown by Bosky Dell Nursery – including trillium, Oregon grape, evergreen huckleberry, meadow foam, a variety of ferns, and much more.  For more information on Friends of Overlook Bluff, or to volunteer at a FOOB event, please go to www.overlookbluff.org or contact FOOB at friendsofoverlookbluff@gmail.com.

Saturday, May 10, 10 am -2 pm – Overlook Bluff

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2) Beach School Volunteer Call

We have some volunteer opportunities at Beach School through the end of the school year. If you are interested in helping, even for a few hours, please contact Lori at lorettl4@yahoo.com

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3) How does your Garden Grow? (5/10 deadline)

Would you like to share your garden with neighbors and help spread the word about natural gardening? Is there a yard in the neighborhood that you’ve always wanted to check out? Sustainable Overlook’s 3rd annual garden tour is seeking nominations for the June 28th event. Nominate your neighbor (or yourself!) by sending the address and contact information (if you have it) to sustainable@overlookneighborhood.org by May 10th.

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4) Traffic Advisory for N Vancouver Ave (5/12-6/27)

Paving to close lanes on N. Vancouver Avenue from May 12 to June 27; minor delays expected for vehicle and bicycle travel

The lane closures will affect vehicle and bicycle travel and may be intermittent for all hours and all days.  The public is advised to expect delays, travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible. The traffic control plan will require the bicycle lane to become a shared automobile and bicycle lane at times.  On-street parking will be prohibited within the work zone to facilitate the work.

Local access to residences and businesses will be provided. The work schedule may change depending on weather.

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5) Employment & Transportation on the Central Eastside (5/21)

Wednesday, May 21, 6:00-8:00pm
Lucky Lab N Portland, 1700 N Killingsworth St., Portland

The Central Eastside of Portland has experienced some drastic changes in the past few years. New apartment developments and the streetcar have fueled changing demographics in the industrial sanctuary. Recent controversies over parking and transportation mode choice have highlighted the relationship between transportation infrastructure and economic development. The alignment of transportation options and zoning for real estate use will shape the future of this significant economic cluster.

Please join the City Club Member Led Forum on Transportation for a discussion with civic leaders Grant Morehead, Rob Sadowsky, and Peter Stark. Grant Morehead is the staff lead at the Portland Bureau of Transportation for the Southeast Quadrant Plan. Rob Sadowsky is the Executive Director of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Peter Stark is an accomplished architect and Executive Director of the Central Eastside Industrial Council’s Transportation and Parking Advisory Committee. This event is free to attend, click here to let us know you’re coming!
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6) 14th annual Village Building Convergence May 23 to June 1st, 2014

vbc.cityrepair.org

Calling all Community Builders! Ready to Re-Village the city? Then come to VBC14!  The Village Building Convergence is a 10-day place making and urban permaculture festival that transforms Portland, Oregon every year. Also known as the VBC, this event leaves a permanent, sustainable impact all across the city.

During the 10 days of the VBC, nearly 40 communities all cross the city will be working to build a fabulous spectrum of community gathering places. From many new street piazza’s in underserved neighborhoods, to the most ecological forms of building and construction, we will retrofit our neighborhoods so that they become stronger, more resilient places where people walk and build their talk! Then, at the end of the day these same communities will gather at a central village venue that will rock with community-scale, local & organic meals, workshops, speakers, and music!

Overlook’s VBC project is the Intersection Repair at N Concord & Overlook Blvd; come to the party! The intersection repair party is coming up on May 31 and there are lots of ways to get involved. Sustainable Overlook is looking for folks to help out in advance and on that day at the paint station, kid’s area and with set-up/clean-up. There is still space for booths for neighborhood business, artists or organizations (there is no fee) and we’re looking for two more band/musicians to play. Or just bring your paintbrush and your friends and come have fun! Email sustainable@overlookneighborhood.org
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7) Land Use Activism Training (6/5)

A few spaces still are available for the ABCs of Land Use Workshop on:

DATE:            Thursday, June 5, 2014
TIME:            6 to 9 p.m.
PLACE:   Historic Kenton Fire House in north Portland  (8105 N. Brandon Ave).

This is a great training opportunity for neighborhood activists who want to learn how to engage effectively on land use planning and development issues and projects that affect their neighborhood.

Register online at:  http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/index.cfm?&cftoken=4fb4b6a86fed5ccc%2D055BD48A%2DB66D%2DFFBB%2D654857D58F67AEE1&c=64901&cfid=36469637 (You will need to sign in to “Portland Online” to register.)

See the workshop announcement below for details.

For more information, contact: Mary Jaron Kelley at 503-823-4099 or mary@npnscommunity.org; or Paul Leistner at 503-823-5284 or paul.leistner@portlandoregon.gov .

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 05/02/14

1) Help out at the Party at the Intersection!
2) How does your Garden Grow? (5/10 deadline)
3) Infill Demolition…Call to Action! (5/6)
4) Native Plant Sale (5/10)
5) Liquor License Application (5/23 deadline)
6) Neighborhood-Specific Social Media
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1) Help out at the Party at the Intersection!

The intersection repair party is coming up on May 31 and there are lots of ways to get involved. Sustainable Overlook is looking for folks to help out in advance and on that day at the paint station, kid’s area and with set-up/clean-up. There is still space for booths for neighborhood business, artists or organizations (there is no fee) and we’re looking for two more band/musicians to play. Or just bring your paintbrush and your friends and come have fun! Email sustainable@overlookneighborhood.org

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2) How does your Garden Grow? (5/10 deadline)

Would you like to share your garden with neighbors and help spread the word about natural gardening? Is there a yard in the neighborhood that you’ve always wanted to check out? Sustainable Overlook’s 3rd annual garden tour is seeking nominations for the June 28th event. Nominate your neighbor (or yourself!) by sending the address and contact information (if you have it) to sustainable@overlookneighborhood.org by May 10th. 

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3) Infill Demolition…Call to Action! (5/6)
Are you concerned about developers who build whatever brings in the most profit, seemingly without regard to the heritage and character of the homes they destroy?
Beaumont -Wilshire Neighborhood Association (BWNA) is hosting a citywide all-neighborhood meeting to discuss this issue and changes that can be made within the city building codes to bring about a more responsible approach to neighborhood development.

May 6, 2014 from 7pm to 9pm
Central NE Neighbors, 4415 NE 87th Avenue

BWNA is currently in the process of researching what other cities have done to mitigate the problem of runaway infill development and is hoping to be able to unite with other neighborhood associations in the presentation of a joint proposal of options for consideration by Mayor Hales and the City Council.
We hope you are interested in participating. Please RSVP with the name of a representative from your neighborhood association to Alison Stoll at alisons@cnncoalition.org or 503-823-3156.

If you plan to attend and want to represent Overlook, please touch base with OKNA at info @ OverlookNeighborhood.org

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4) Native Plant Sale (5/10)
Spring has sprung – and it’s almost Mothers’ Day!  There’s no better way to celebrate than by planting Northwest native plants in your garden and yard. And there’s no better place to buy those plants than at the 2nd Annual Native Plant Sale sponsored by Friends of Overlook Bluff (FOOB) on Saturday, May 10, from 10 am to 2 pm in the 3900 block of  N. Overlook Terrace.  Native plants thrive in our neighborhood and provide excellent habitat for insects, birds, and other wildlife.  FOOB will have wildflowers, shrubs, grasses, and ground covers – all grown by Bosky Dell Nursery – including trillium, Oregon grape, evergreen huckleberry, meadow foam, a variety of ferns, and much more.  For more information on Friends of Overlook Bluff, or to volunteer at a FOOB event, please go to www.overlookbluff.org or contact FOOB at friendsofoverlookbluff@gmail.com.

Saturday, May 10, 10 am -2 pm – Overlook Bluff
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5) Liquor License Application (5/23 deadline)

The following application was received this week. Atomic Pizza is an already-licensed restaurant moving to a new space one block away, requiring a new liquor license.

Neighborhood Association: OVERLOOK
Business Name: ATOMIC PIZZA
Business Address: 1936 N KILLINGSWORTH
Type of License: NO/LOP/OPS
Business Association: INTERSTATE CORRIDOR
Comments Due: 5/23/2014

If you wish to comment please contact City of Portland Liquor License Notification Program. Attn: Theresa Marchetti
By mail to: 1221 SW 4th Ave Ste 110 , Portland OR 97204
By fax to: 503-823-3050
By email to: theresa.marchetti@portlandoregon.gov

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6) Neighborhood-Specific Social Media
NextDoor is a social media site that requires registration and your physical address, but posts are private to outside viewers. It’s really been catching on around town, especially lately in Overlook.

If you would prefer an interactive but private place to share items for sale, service referrals or to discuss neighborhood topics (IE there is a crime and safety section) it might be the solution for you. Posts include missing pets, items for free or sale, crime/safety alerts & concerns and more.
If you would like to join the Overlook community there, you may use this invite link: https://nextdoor.com/invite/3f8727fd2b7e9ecc0ad5

OKNA is not officially represented there and does not run the group.

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 4/25/14

 

1) Earth Day Neighborhood Clean-up (4/26)

2) Beach School Campus Cleanup (4/26)

3) Repair Café at Kenton Firehouse (5/1)

4) Liquor Licensing Forum (5/7)

5) BDS Citizen Adjustment Committee (5/12)

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1) Earth Day Neighborhood Clean-up (4/26)

Join your Overlook neighbors for a secure shredding event tomorrow, April 26.

Bethel Lutheran Church – 5658 N Denver

Time: 10am-2pm

Free: limit of 2 grocery bags or copy paper boxes

Materials Accepted: Secure Document Shredding

ALSO, Arbor Lodge and Kenton neighborhoods have teamed up to hold a big collection and you’re welcome to pitch your stuff in too.

Saturday April 26th, 10am-2pm

Parking lot at N Delaware and N Farragut (7654 N Delaware Ave)

Requested donation of $10/vehicle

Instead of taking bulky items (old couches, mattresses, furniture, scrap wood) to the dump, bring them just a few blocks from your house! Money raised at the clean-up will help pay for Arbor Lodge’s Movies in the Park, and trash cans to Denver Ave. We provide the dumpsters and volunteers to help you unload.

Items we accept: Household junk, reusable building materials, metal and tires, reusable clothing and furniture for free swap pile, styrofoam, rigid and peanuts, E-waste (anything with a cord or battery) but no fluids, fuels, or bio-hazards.

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2) Beach School Campus Cleanup (4/26)

The annual April campus cleanups have arrived; pitch in and make your local school beautiful for the spring!

Beach School cleanup Saturday, April 26 from 10-12. Bring a tool you want to use and get a donut! Everyone is welcome.

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3) Repair Café at Kenton Firehouse (5/1)

Thursday May 1st the North Portland Tool Library is hosting a Repair Cafe at the Historic Kenton Firehouse, 2209 N Schofield St,Portland OR 97217 from 6pm to 9pm.   

There are many exciting repair folks coming!!   What can we fix?

Clothes and linens (pants,shirts,dresses etc)

Small appliances (Vacuums, lights, food chopper etc)

Bike: (tune up and diagnosis)

Speaker and Amp’s

Jewelry (broken or missing clamps, hooks, eye rings and more)

Handyman:  Need to get some gadget working again?

Leather:   (Shoes and belts and more)

Don’t see what you need to fix your stuff, bring it by anyway with this much fixit knowledge and determination you might just find someone who can help you out.

Suggested $5.00 Donation but no one will be turned away.

Please register at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/may-day-repair-cafe-tickets-11061730935

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4) Liquor Licensing Forum (5/7)

The City of Portland’s Liquor Licensing Program will be hosting a public forum on City of Portland liquor licensing and alcohol policy.

  • Learn about problem solving strategies with liquor license locations
  • Understand the policies of the City of Portland Liquor Licensing Program
  • Inform City Staff of concerns related to alcohol and the direction you would like to see the City go

WHERE:    Portland Community College CLIMB Center, 1626 SE Water Avenue
WHEN:    May 7, 2014, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Lot parking costs $5 at this location. Vouchers for parking will be available at the CLIMB center’s front desk.

We hope you can join us! This is the second in a series of Public Forums that will be hosted around the City and is free and open to all community members citywide.

*** RSVP BY CALLING 503-823-4520 OR EMAIL patrick.owen@portlandoregon.gov ***

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5) BDS Citizen Adjustment Committee (5/12)

The Bureau of Development Services has announced a search for interested citizens to fill two vacancies on the City of Portland Adjustment Committee. 

The Adjustment Committee considers in a public hearing setting appeals of Type II Adjustment decisions rendered by Bureau of Development Services staff. Adjustments are requests to modify the development standards of the Portland Zoning Code (Title 33). The Adjustment Committee meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month, if necessary, during normal business hours. Each meeting typically lasts approximately 2 to 3 hours. 

Committee members serve four-year terms and may be re-appointed. The terms shall be a maximum of four years with a maximum of two full terms. The Committee consists of seven members, none of whom may hold public elective office. The Committee must include three persons representing the public at large; two members in urban design, architecture, or landscape architecture; and two members experienced in engineering, financing, construction, building management or land development. 

There is currently one vacant position that must be filled by an individual representing the category of “engineering, financing, construction, building management or land development.” Beginning June 30, 2014, there will be an additional vacant position that must be filled by an individual representing the category of “public at large.” 

Application forms should be submitted by May 12, 2014, to the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, with a cover letter describing the applicant’s interest, background and experience, or a resume. The application form can be accessed at the following link: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/article/72406. 

For more information about the Adjustment Committee, you may contact Douglas Hardy with Bureau of Development Services at 503-823-7816, or Douglas.Hardy@portlandoregon.gov.

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 4/18/14

1) Overlook House Easter Egg Hunt (4/19)

2) Beach School Campus Cleanup (4/26)

3) Transportation Planning Town Halls (4/24 & 5/1)

4) Neighborhoods Clean-up (4/26)

5) Aging in Place – Villages Presentation (4/26)

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1) Overlook House Easter Egg Hunt (4/19)

Bring your raincoat and basket to Overlook House tomorrow, because the Easter Bunny will visit whether it’s sunny or showery. He’s leaving hundreds of eggs filled with treats for you to discover. Find a shiny Golden Egg and win a special prize!

What: Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt!

When: Saturday, April 19, 2014, 10:30 am sharp

Where: Historic Overlook House, 3839 N Melrose Dr.

This event is sponsored for Overlook children by the Friends of Overlook House. Free, with contributions gratefully accepted.

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2) Beach School Campus Cleanup (4/26)

The annual April campus cleanups have arrived; pitch in and make your local school beautiful for the spring!

Beach School cleanup Saturday, April 26 from 10-12. Bring a tool you want to use and get a donut! Everyone is welcome.

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3) Transportation Planning Town Halls (4/24 & 5/1)

Mayor Hales, Commissioner Novick and Transportation Director Leah Treat will welcome the public and discuss transportation needs and funding options at the town hall events:

Thursday, April 24: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Multnomah Arts Center , 7688 SW Capitol Hwy

Thursday, May 1: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Woodstock School , 5601 SE 50th Ave.

The town hall meetings will provide an opportunity for the public to speak with transportation staff, ask questions and make comments for the mayor and commissioner to consider as they explore ways to improve transportation funding.

For more information, see the project web page: www.ourstreetspdx.com.

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4) Neighborhoods Clean-up (4/26)

Saturday April 26th Overlook (OKNA) Paper Shredding

Bethel Lutheran Church – 5658 N Denver

Time: 10am-2pm Free: limit of 2 grocery bags or copy paper boxes

Materials Accepted: Secure Document Shredding

ALSO

Saturday April 26th, 10am-2pm

Parking lot at N Delaware and N Farragut (7654 N Delaware Ave)

Requested donation of $10/vehicle

Instead of taking bulky items (old couches, mattresses, furniture, scrap wood) to the dump, bring them just a few blocks from your house! Money raised at the clean-up will help pay for Arbor Lodge’s Movies in the Park, and trash cans to Denver Ave. We provide the dumpsters and volunteers to help you unload.

Items we accept: Household junk, reusable building materials, metal and tires, reusable clothing and furniture for free swap pile, styrofoam, rigid and peanuts, E-waste (anything with a cord or battery) but no fluids, fuels, or bio-hazards.

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5) Aging in Place – Villages Presentation (4/26)

Interested in aging in your own home? A Village is the answer.

Want to grow old in your own home & neighborhood supported by a caring community? Then, help us create a Village to serve North Portland!

Villages are networks of volunteer services and reduced-cost professional support that foster affordable, interdependent aging in community. They also feature programs to keep us engaged with others while we enjoy activities ranging from fitness groups to classes and social events.

Now is the time to build a North Portland Village so we can continue living in our own homes – as homeowners, renters, seniors sharing housing or living with relatives. We can benefit from more than a decade of experience from the 130+ villages that have formed nationwide. More than 150 Villages are in development across the states, including six here in the Portland metro area!

Come! Bring a neighbor or friend to learn more about the Portland metro-area Village Movement and how you can join the team planning a Village unique to North Portland residents.

Saturday, April 26 2 – 4 pm

St. Johns Library

N. Charleston St. in downtown St. Johns

For more information, email/call Patt Opdyke, North Portland coordinator, at northpdxvillage@comcast.net 503.978.0540 or visit VillagesNW at www.VillagesNW.org .

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